Last week I took my grandchildren camping at Tuckahoe State Park, and we had such a good time. It’s so nice to slow down and take all morning fixing breakfast and then slowly ease into the day of fishing and hiking. Several great fishing sites can be found in the open on the lake or off the beaten trail with some tree cover around the lake.
We saw a lot of turtles basking in the sun, and as we walked around the lake we found turtle nests that had hatched and empty eggshells left behind. We packed our lunch every day so we could keep fishing or hiking or just playing at the playground, which well served all ages. At night we cooked our dinner on the grill and then built a large campfire. We sat around the fire and made s’mores, told stories, and even saw a skunk quickly pass by!
We found lots of frogs, toads, butterflies. and fireflies and were calmed by the sounds of cicadas, tree frogs, and birds. Our cabin was small and delightful. Since it did rain some, we had good cover and a nice front porch for relaxing and listening to the rain, and we played board games inside.
This was my grandchildren’s first experience camping, and they loved it, even though they were disconnected from tablets and video games. We did bring a DVD player, and I found a camping projector so that we could watch movies on the wall at night snuggled in our sleeping bags. We had been preparing over the years with Christmas and birthday gifts of camping gear such as sleeping bags and flashlight headlamps.
Camping will make memories that last forever, and with Tuckahoe State Park, there’s great camping just around the corner from the Arboretum!
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